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Comment: Re:Play hardball (Score 1) 145

by Kjella (#47710099) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Overage fees are nothing but pure evil. They did use to offer capped DSL and my cell phone data usage is still capped, I ran into it this summer as I was watching videos at the cabin but it doesn't have overage. What happens is at 80% I got a text that I'm getting close on my cap. At 100% I got a new text saying my quota is now up, I'll now either get very, very slow internet connection the rest of the month like enough to check email and barely browse the web, or I can pay up for additional quotas. Back when they offered capped DSL it was the same there.

The biggest benefit to a flat rate connection is that it's flat rate. And particularly today when you got phones and tablets and laptops and consoles and smart TVs and whatnot that all like to go online keeping track of your aggregate data usage is not easy. Overage fees are like the credit card model offering you 30 days free credit. How to do they make money off giving people free money? Because people slip up, get unplanned or unwanted expenses and then they nail the suckers. It's just begging to exploit the people who think they can save a few bucks a month.

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 1) 428

by Kjella (#47706703) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Why not just bump the signage by that much, and make the signs themselves the hard limit?

To avoid arguments. If the cops say 11 km/h over an artificially 10 km/h low limit then you weren't speeding just a little, if they said 1 km/h over the limit people go all "waaaaaaa it was only 1 km/h" and "waaaaaaaa your equipment must be off I went 1km/h under". "I wasn't speeding that much" holds a lot less sway than "I wasn't speeding".

Comment: Re:Marginally better (Score 1) 63

by Kjella (#47703603) Attached to: AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

Like OCZ which bumped theirs up to 5 years before they imploded? Here's the thing, 2014 was a big year for consoles, both the PS4 and XBone sold many millions of consoles all with AMD semi-custom chips. Yet despite this AMD is barely floating with a small operating income and a tiny loss overall. In 2018, what consoles will be selling? Still the PS4 and XBone but a whole lot less of them.

Two vital quotes from their last earnings call "In the desktop space, demand for our desktop APUs was strong from our OEMs. However, the desktop component channel was softer than we expected." "Inventory was $960 million, up $91 million, primarily driven by increased level of our latest 28-nanometer microprocessor products and lower shipments to channel distributors." Read: APUs go unsold. Either they need to lower production or prices or both.

To be fair, they're hanging on better than I expected but their traditional business still points downwards and breaking new ground is hard. And unless they can turn the trend, it needs to grow a lot and fast to make up for the business that we can see slipping. I wouldn't exactly be sure that AMD will be around to honor that warranty in four years.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 556

by Kjella (#47700527) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

At my company (125 users) a while ago we moved to OpenOffice to save money. Users were not happy and started to call it "BrokenOffice".

Which is the real issue in doing an office migration. That and replicating Outlook, I don't know about the whole kitchen sink but at least the whole mail/calendar/meeting bit. Somehow I'm amazed that in the last decade open source hasn't managed to pull it off, what the average office worker does is not rocket science. I guess it's just nobody's itch.

Comment: Re:Misleading title & summary (Score 4, Informative) 556

by Kjella (#47699387) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Well when the First Mayor is making statements like "Linux is limping after Microsoft" and the Second Mayor says the "employees are suffering [under Linux]" then I have a fairly good bet on how the "independent" committee to review their OS policy is going to turn out. And maybe finally we can stop flogging this dead horse, because I'm tired of hearing about Munich as the beacon of light that will usher in a new era of Linux on the desktop. It's been rather obvious to all but zealots that they weren't convincing anyone else to make the switch.

Comment: Re:The Average Cat (Score 1) 65

Somehow, I still fail to see the point... I can search for "cat" in Google Images, then if I'm not happy then "siamese cat" and finally "siamese cat jumping" because I'm probably looking for one useful picture, not a blurred mess as I'd expect trying to average what a "jump" looks like. And if you ask what an average face looks like, they mean the average feature size and location not a mathematical average. I'm trying to think of one single purpose where the results of this "average browser" is what I'm looking for and I'm coming up blank.

Comment: Re:Mental Masturbation (Score 1) 236

Mental Masturbation

Someone is, yes. Building overpasses or tunnels for pedestrians on every street is not nearly realistic. If you sprint out a doorway you'll cross the sidewalk and hit traffic in less than 0.5 seconds, even with zero reaction time physics won't let a car stop that fast or they'd have to drive a lot slower than cars today. And while their might be auto-only cars, for most the autopilot will be the new cruise control. It will have an off switch. So yes, somebody here is detached from reality.

Comment: Re:us other engineers matter, too (Score 1) 369

by Kjella (#47692229) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Valuing people by their number of direct or indirect reports makes a lot of sense. If I am one of a group of ten people and I'm 20% more productive than the others, my extra contribution only adds about 2% to the total. If I am a good manager my staff might be 5% more productive than an average manager's. Think about it.

I wish that would be equally applied on the lower half of the scale, a poor manager who makes his staff 5% less effective than average kills half a year's worth of productivity. Probably even less since poor management often means you end up doing things that are meaningless or inefficient. It doesn't matter that it was done well, because the deliverables won't ever be used.

Comment: Re:ASICs drive out CPUs and GPUs ... (Score 1) 267

by Kjella (#47692131) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

I think you're trying very hard to avoid seeing the point though. The point is to enable regular people to mine coins using their ordinary GPUs, either benevolently to have a democratic currency or as the cynic in me suggests get buy-in from many enough people. After all, an altcoin that only a few with specialized equipment can mine effectively is likely to never get off the ground. Bitcoin was different because it was first and everyone pulled together to create a cryptocurrency. It's very easy to create an algorithm that uses 1% of a shader's features and that makes a custom ASIC orders of magnitude faster. The other extreme is to build an algorithm where all the bits and pieces and functionality that goes into a shader is needed, if you tried building a custom ASIC you would essentially end up with your own GPU. That's the meaning of ASIC proof.

Comment: Re:Not credible enough for merchant's to hold ... (Score 1) 267

by Kjella (#47691933) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

But not enough credibility for merchants to hold/keep the bitcoins they receive from customers.

I think you're confusing credibility with volatility because their business is making a profit on margins, not playing with currency speculation. Most of the value flows through them as they buy from suppliers and sell to customers, even a relatively small change in value can wipe out their margins. I'm assuming that when I buy something in another country with my VISA then 99.99%+ of the time the store is paid in its local currency, not my currency.

Comment: Re:Saw similar posts before the web existed (Score 1) 318

by Kjella (#47688451) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Then things like allowing execution of arbitrary code in images, another case of MS fucking up in a truly astonishing way - how the hell do things like that end up as anything other than SF novel plot points in a large corporation that is supposed to be competantly managed?

Blame C, zero-terminated strings and strcpy(). That you can copy a string into a buffer that can't hold it with no sanity checking is a disaster waiting to happen. Same that you read beyond the buffer waiting forever for a terminating \0 that'll never happen. Because you don't have objects you don't have sanity checks, even with the "safe" versions you have to make sure to pass the same buffer size twice. No doubt there's code like this where you haven't defined the size through a constant:

char *dst[512]; // used to be 1024
strncopy( dst, src, 1024 ):

"High level" programming languages don't let you do that. There's no way to read from a QFile to a QByteArray in Qt/C++ that can cause a buffer overflow. There's no way to read from "beyond the end" of a QByteArray unless you deliberately get the internal pointer and use that directly, all the functions are safe. The C model is that everything is really little boxes in memory that you can store bits and bytes in and the rest is interpretation. You can do stuff like this with no casts or converts:

int a = 5;
char *b = &a;
b = "abcd";
// value of a is now something entirely different

I know there's a very few low-level, high performance scenarios where this may be useful. But I'd say for >95% of developers, >95% of the time it's only an easy way to shoot yourself in the foot.

Comment: Re:Social Opportunity (Score 1) 269

by Kjella (#47688265) Attached to: Of the following, I'd rather play ...

We did that a few times with Texas Hold'Em except with a winner-takes-it-all prize, but the challenge was finding the sweet spot where there's enough at stake that people take it a bit seriously but not too seriously. With no money involved it was just crazy random play, people didn't care so they played the way that was most fun like playing every hand, pulling off the most absurd bluffs and so on. It gets old pretty quick and there's no penalty to busting out, the resemblance to real poker was minimal.

On the other hand, a few got very competitive and very serious the moment there was even a bit of money involved - and I know enough about where they work and what they make to know it was pocket money it was just their personality quirks kicking in. That too ended up something of a buzz-kill, after all we're friends chatting and having beers not pro tournament players crunching statistics. If you avoid getting tipsy at the end of the evening because of the prize, the prize is too large. Instead we mostly play Wii/WiiU.

Comment: Re:you must not have done well in math class (Score 1) 211

by Kjella (#47687377) Attached to: Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

It's something of a prisoner's dilemma. I'm feeling quite safe here in Norway without a gun because getting hold of illegal guns is fairly hard. Not extremely hard, but enough that your petty pickpocket/mugger/burglar won't bother. And your victims won't have a gun so it's overkill to rob people at gun point, it just attracts a whole lot of unwanted attention and will put you in jail for longer.

Now if criminals had to assume the regular victim might have a gun he'd have to arm himself, no good robbing your victim at knife point only to be shot dead once you try leaving. Likewise, once you have to assume quite ordinary criminals have guns I'd want to arm myself, so I could shoot them before they'd shoot me. It's also a value issue that can't be definitively answered, do you want to defend your property with your life?

I know that personally I'd rather not put my life on the line if I can help it, between the police and insurance companies I'd rather let them deal with it. Things are just things, they're not my life. That's just me though, others might be of the opinion that the only real defense that doesn't rely on forces beyond your control is self-defense. That you, personally, have to stop him from robbing your wallet and if you get hurt or killed in the process well that's the price.

The bugs you have to avoid are the ones that give the user not only the inclination to get on a plane, but also the time. -- Kay Bostic